October is Stamp
to the People
Burns to play here,
~ Friday Night
VOL. 108 NO. 41
By RENEE WALSER
of the Herald Staff
Julia Euzelle Roberts, soon to be
84, has seen a lot of people go out
of this world in her days.
"I wanted to see the difference,”
"she said. "I wanted to see how they
came in the world."
So she became a midwife in the
She described the experience of
birth recently. "It just seemed like
joy to me," she said, raising both
hands to her chest.
Roberts has delivered 167 babies
over 20 years in Cleveland County
and 14 years in Gaston County.
She's never lost a baby or a mother.
She still has the 35-year-old
scales she used to weigh the new-
Her first baby was her own
grandson, who is now the minister
at Eoenezer Baptist Church. Only
Roberts and the mother were pre-
sent at the birth, Roberts said.
She never felt nervous, she said.
"I stayed right with them when
they hollered, " she said. "I said a
Roberts got started when she
2 went ‘with ‘an aunt on a delivery.
She was about 27, she said.
By RENEE WALSER
of the Herald Staff
A new state law went into effect
October 1 that prohibits the sale of
cigarettes to persons under the age
State Rep. James Forester said
the law was enacted to try and dis-
courage minors from picking up
the cigarette habit.
In the past, the age limit for
cigarette sales was set at 16 in the
state, but Forester said a "large
vote" in the legislature supported
the bill to increase the age limit as
a part of the legislature's effort to
improve the health of citizens in
By RENEE WALSER
of the Herald Staff
Four of Kings Mountain's largest
employers have existing or pro-
posed sexual harassment policies
to guide their employees through
these murky times of on-the-job re-
Eaton Corporation, Phillips &
Dupont and the City of Kings
Mountain have had policies in ef-
fect for some time. The Kings
Mountain School System has been
reviewing their policies over the
last six months and has developed
t was ju something 1 wanted :
Julia Roberts, 84,
IS still a midwife
"My daddy said he didn't see
why I wanted to do that. I wouldn't
find anyone to marry me if I did
that," she said.
But she pulled one over on her
dad. She married twice and has had
ten children, 23 grandchildren, 23
great-grandchildren and seven
She delivered about eight of
When she was pregnant with her.
last child, she made two deliveries
to the surprise of the county's nurs-
"They wondered how I was go-
ing to get there," Roberts said. "I
said, Tl get there."
Roberts had six months of train-
ing at the Cleveland County Health
Department in the 40's. She has
since taken nursing correspondence
coursework and worked in nursing
homes with the elderly.
In the early days, midwives were
paid $5 per delivery. Later, that fee
was upped to $25. y
Two women have come to
Roberts and asked her to teach
them her methods. One student
from Chapel Hill made a tape of
Roberts and the tape is on file at
- the UNC-Chapel Hill.
~ Roberts said she still has all her |
Merchants found to have sold
cigarettes to a minor will be fined
There is no special agency, ac-
cording to Forester, responsible for
enforcing the law. Enforcement
falls to the local police, he said.
"The word is out," Forester said.
"I think some of the storekeepers
are conscious of that (the law). . . .
We're counting on the local mer-
chants to screen their customers."
Ken Hamrick, owner of the
Silver Express on Kings St., said
he was aware of the law and that
his store hasn't had a problem with
a proposed policy on sexual harass-
ment that will be voted on by the
School Board in January, said
Ronnie Wilson, assistant superin-
tendent for personnel.
At both Eaton and Phillips, the
policy statements include other ar-
eas of harassment besides just sex-
For intance, Ken Dukes of
Phillips said, "We expect there not
to be any conduct to create a hos-
tile or offensive working environ-
ment" for their employees.
Lee Sherrill at Eaton said their
policy was a general harassment
Textile Olympics set
at Gamble Stadium
Textile Olympics Saturday in
John Gamble Stadium launches the
annual Textile Week with a red,
white and blue Torch ceremony at
More than 600 textile workers
from plants in Cleveland County
will participate in the day-long
event which offers fun and gold
medals as well as plant trophics. A
doubleheader softball game from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. features Artec
versus Clevemont and Doran ver-
sus Cleveland Mills.
Randy Patterson, of Grover
Industries, heads up Textile Week
events and Rita Lawing, of
Clevemont Mills, is chairman of
"Everyone can participate in the
walk/run events, craft shows, soft-
ball throws and cooking contests,"
says Lawing, who said that some
preliminary competition has been
underway this week leading up to
Employces © from = Artec,
Cleveland Mills, Doran, Grover
Industrics and Parkdale will carry a
huge American flag on the playing
ficld and lcad the opening ceremo-
ny. Julic Phillips will sing the
National Anthem and Mayor Kyle
Smith will give the welcome at
Lawing said the various cvents
will include the half mile walk at 3
p.m; the ping pong tournament at
3 p.m. in the KMHS gymnasium;
See Olympics, 9-A
Thursday. October 17. 1991
selling to minors.
Managers of Winn Dixie and
The Pantry in Kings Mountain said
they too were aware of the new
law. Winn Dixie's policy is to
check identification for anyone
who looks under 21. The Pantry
has a sign that says LD. is required
to purchase cigarettes.
Kings Mountain Chief of Police
Warren Goforth said the depart-
ment did not have plans for any
special undercover investigations.
"If we do run up on a violation,
we will act accordingly," he said,
adding, "We're trying to make it an
policy that covered sex, race and
The opening paragraph to
Eaton's statement, which is posted
for employees, says "Eaton sup-
ports the equal right of all employ-
ees to work in an environment
Both Eaton and Phillips person-
nel directors said that the policies
do not list explicit behavior, but
each complaint is investigated by
"If they're offended in any man-
ner, then we look into it," Sherrill
"If they veiw it as sexual harass-
ment, then we treat it that way,"
Dukes said. "It's their opinion."
Examples of sexual harassment
under the school system's unoffi-
cial policy include, but are not lim-
-"continued or repeated offen-
sive sexual flirtations, advances or
- continued or repeated verbal
remarks about an individual's
- sexually degrading words used
toward an individual or to describe
See Policy, 10-A
Vidor Kyle Smith, Tor, and Textile Week C Rate Randy
Patterson look over a Textile Week schedule of special activities in
the city next week. Over 600 mill workers will participate in Textile
Olympics Saturday at Gamble Stadium.
The Kings Mountain School
Board Monday approved the cur-
riculum for the Tech Prep program,
which will begin in all three county
school systems at the start of the
1992-93 school year.
Vocational Director Betty
Gamble, who served on the plan-
ning committee for the KM,
Shelby and Cleveland County sys-
tems, said the group wanted to find
a curriculum for all three systems
and co-sponsor Cleveland
Community College, but could not.
Each system will have its own
Kings Mountain's curriculum
will include three areas: occupa-
tional prep, technical prep, and col-
lege prep. In each area, students
will be challenged to think about
early in their high school career
what kind of job career they're in-
terested in, and their required
courses will be planned along with
their electives to guide them in
those areas. However, Mrs.
Gamble said, students will be able
to change their schedules at any
Mrs. Gamble said the State
Board of Education's goal is to
graduate 75 percent of students
through the Tech Prep program.
Studies have indicated that before,
the year 2,000 high school gradu-
ates who do ne go on to four-year
Because no candidate got a clear
majority in the races for a Ward 2
council seat and one At-Large seat,
Kings Mountain voters will return
to the polls November 5 for runoffs
in these races.
In the race for the second At-
Large, two-year council seat, in-
cumbent Al Moretz had 515 votes
to Joe King's 513 votes and King
officially called for the runoff.
For the Ward 2 race, James
Guyton was the highest vote getter
with 94, but Roy Pearson, who had
77 votes, submitted a written re-
quest for a runoff to the city elec-
tions board Monday.
Elections Board Chairman
Becky Cook said the official vote
canvass Thursday revealed no
changes from the unofficial results
from the October 8 municipal elec-
tion in which voters elected a new
mayor in the person of former
councilman Scott Neisler, ousted
incumbent Ward 2 councilman
Jackie Barrett and returned Norma
Bridges to her seat for another four
years. Bridges, competing against
five men for one of the two At-
Large positions crcated by redis-
tricting, led the field. In Ward 2,
Barrett and Jeff Gregory were
City council will probably make
a decision October 29 on the re-
zoning of city property on North
Picdmont Avcnuc for a new city
garbage compactor and waste
transfer point which residents of
the arca oppose.
Mayor Kyle Smith said he will
place the tabled item on the agenda
for the regular October meeting.
The rezoning matter was tabled
until city officials could recheck a
list of names on a petition Oppos-
ing the site. Smith said some of the
signatures appear to be “irregular”
and some names appear on the pe-
Frank Brackett, a veteran em-
ployee of the city public works de-
partment, circulated the petition
Kings Mountain, N.C
to improve classroom instruction.
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ing at least partially achieved. :
In priority order, the seven goals -
BM Expect results of performance
on all state measures of student
achievement to be at or above the
North Carolina average.
* HM Reduce the number of drop-
outs by 25% by the end of the
# Improve support programs for:
BW Expand the use of echrology
M Increase parental and commu-
HB Improve personnel compensa-
BW Complete comprehensive re- | \
of board policies by Des 31,
eliminated which put front-runner
Guyton and Pearson in a runoff.
For the At-Large seats, Bridges
won but Moretz failed to get a ma-
jority and Shirley Brutko, Luther
Bennett, and Jerry Mullinax were
eliminated putting Moretz and Jog
King in a runoff.
Neisler, who served two years
before he resigned to run for the:
top job, received 1,045 of the 1,617
votes cast for ar, defeating Jim
Childers and C © t Hamyick. Less
than 40% of Ki Mow #ain's reg-
istered voters ¢ © 000 went to the
Philip Hage 7 member
of the electior "beat two
other candidates an historic
role as the first vic... councilman.
He defeated Roosevelt Ingram and
Neisler, 35, probably the
youngest mayor in the city's 117
year history, is not the first member
of his pioneer industrial family to
serve in the mayor’ s seat. Neisler
follows his two great-great grand=:
fathers. Andrew Mauncy, Kings
Mountain's first mayor, and Parks
Allison, Kings Mountain's second
mayor, were Neisler's great-great :
which has scveral hundred names
on it. He lives across the street
from the public works building,
No residents of Ward 2 took
councilman Jackic Barrett's offer to
accompany them to sce a similar
compactor in operation at the new
reeycling/collection center on
Brackett said the rezoning mat-
ter was a hot item among Ward 2
residents who went to the polls last
week and defeated their incumbent
commissioner Barrett, who has
spoken out in favor of the re:
zoning, saying he lives closer to
the site than many of the petition:
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